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No. 1 South Carolina routs No. 9 Oregon 80-63, faces UConn

No. 1 South Carolina defeats No. 9 Oregon 80-63, faces UConn

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South Carolina, ranked No. 1, is poised to challenge Oregon after it beat them. 2 UConn.

South Carolina defeated No. 1 with 20 points from Zia Cooke and 18 by Laeticia Amihere. 9 Oregon defeated by 63 to win the semifinals at the Battle 4 Atlantis women’s tournament.

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The tournament title will be decided by the two top teams from the country.

“We’re excited. “We chose to participate in this tournament as we had the opportunity to face top-ranked teams across the country,” Dawn Staley, South Carolina coach said. “That’s been our theme all season long, so why not? UConn is still on the schedule and has been for the last two years. It’s great for women’s basketball.”

Last season, the two teams faced off in a 1-vs-2 matchup that UConn won in overtime.

Cooke stated, “It’s great when we play strong teams early so that we can be tested early.” “I believe it will be quite a good game.”

The first ever meeting of the Ducks (3-1) and Gamecocks (5-0), was held in 2002. Both teams had been favored to compete for the 2020 national championship. However, the NCAA Tournament was cancelled due to the pandemic coronavirus. Since then, both have been very different.

Oregon was shorthanded when it entered the game.

Nyara Sabally, a Ducks forward, sat down to relieve her right knee after she had injured it in Oklahoma’s opening round victory. Coach Kelly Graves said that she was considered day to day. Sabally received the day off after playing for 37 minutes, scoring 30 points Saturday in the victory.

“I don’t mess with trainers and doctors,” Graves said. She can travel if they say she can. It was a blessing to have her.

Due to injuries, the Ducks were already without Te-Hina Paopao (sophomore guard), Taylor Bigby (freshman guard) and Endyia Rogers (junior transfer from USC), as well as sophomore guard Te-Hina Paopao (freshman guard).

South Carolina took advantage of the situation and led 27-14 after one quarter. Oregon pulled within 32-23 at the end of the first quarter, before the Gamecocks tied the match with an 11-3 victory.

Cooke began the spurt with an assist, Amihere added six points in succession and the Gamecocks lead 44-26 at break.

South Carolina was able to score 11 of the 13 first quarter points and win the game.

Chanaya Pinto led Oregon with 12 points

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The Gamecocks won their only previous two meetings, the other being the 2002 Paradise Jam. Aliyah Boston had scored 16 points for Gamecocks, one day after scoring 23 in their opener. In the first round, Graves had 600 wins.

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Oregon: This three-day tournament is providing valuable experience to many Ducks reserves. Once they are healthy, it will be even better.

South Carolina: South Carolina Gamecocks came up with different winning strategies in their first two games. The Gamecocks used their dominant interior presence against Buffalo to defeat them, and used their strong defense to beat the Ducks.

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Oregon had 20 turnovers which resulted in 27 points for Gamecocks.

Graves stated, “We have to be more careful with the ball.” “They scored 27 points on those turnovers. Their credit really shows their great pressure.

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Oregon: Faces No. Wednesday, 23 South Florida will play for third.

South Carolina faces UConn, which is second in the rankings for Monday’s championship.

Source: FoxNews.com

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